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New science in facial eczema, Dr. Emma Cuttance

Dr. Emma Cuttance from VetEnt shares the latest New Zealand research information that has been carried out for the passed several years focusing on facial eczema. She showcases the impact of GGT levels on milk production and the risk of high GGT levels in consecutive years. Emma shares the impact of zinc delivery methods on

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Lamb rearing in dairy sheep systems. Sue McCoard

Sue talks about the importance of good lamb rearing and its effects on lifetime performance of the lamb. This is a multi-factorial approach involving genetics, environment and people and discusses the year-round feeding program in a range of farming systems. Sue discusses natural versus artificial rearing and the key feeding phases from liquid onto solid

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Can we have our cake and eat it too? – Designing systems that meet multiple bottom lines. Ian Williams

Nutrition is just one component of the wider farm system. Ian Williams provided a ‘big picture’ view of on-farm requirements around environmental requirements. The importance of profit remains central to all farm businesses when systems change to address future legislative requirements. Ian demonstrated how alternate land uses may feature in the future including annual maize

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Management for improved fertility and lifetime productivity in grazing dairy cows: latest NZ research – Claire Phyn, Dairy NZ

Claire Phyn, senior scientist at DairyNZ presented about an 8 year research programme funded by MBIE and NZ dairy farmers through DairyNZ Inc. It aimed to provide management and genetic solutions to improve cow health, fertility and longevity. Claire reported about 1. Effect of carbohydrate type (starch vs fibre) on reproduction 2. Hyperketonaemia (subclinical ketosis) and 3. Feeding synthetic zeolite pre-calving

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